Australia have defeated West Indies in the league match of cricket world cup 2019 by 15 runs. Mitchell Starc took 5 wickets in Windies innings to guide Australia towards victory. Indeed Player of The Match was awarded to Nathan Coulter Nile who played 92 runs innings in just 60 balls that helped Australia to post 288 on the board.
However whole Australian team got all out in 49 overs and one over was spare. West Indies won the toss and chose to ball first on this Nottingham’s pitch and decision was proven right as the Caribbean bowlers dismissed 5 wickets in just 16 overs. After that, Steve Smith who was solid at the crease, built partnership with Alex Carey as both batsmen added 68 runs for the sixth wicket.
After that, Nathan Coulter Nile came to the crease and he started to go after West Indies’ bowling. He smacked 4 sixes and 8 fours in his 92 runs innings. Nile took just 60 balls to score those runs. However Steve Smith got dismissed before him but both players built 100 runs partnership that made Australian bowlers comfortable that they had got runs in the bag.
West Indies didn’t get good start as they lost both openers in first 5 overs and team’s score was just 31. Shai Hope and Nicolas Pooran built up innings and both players built a solid partnership of 68 runs. Adam Zampa dismissed Pooran on 40 individual score when team’s total was 99. Even after that West Indies had partnerships but couldn’t win the match.
Mitchell Starc was too good with the ball as he sent five West Indies’ batsmen to the pavilion and completed his 150 wickets in ODI cricket in just 77 matches which is a record. Previously Pakistan’s Saqlain Musthaq was quickest to reach 150 One-Day International wickets as he took these wickets in 78 matches.
Brief Scores (Match Summary)
Toss: West Indies won toss and chose to field first
Australia Innings: 288 all out, 49 overs (Coulter Nile- 92 runs, Smith- 73 runs, Brathwaite- 3 wickets)
West Indies Innings: 273/9, 50 overs (Hope- 68 runs, Holder- 51 runs, Starc- 5 wickets)
Result: West Indies won by 15 runs
Player of The Match: Nathan Coulter Nile